St Mary Magdalene's Church, Cowden  Church


A little known church that most people can't place. In the county of Kent but not in the Diocese of Rochester. However it is worth the journey, being set in a delightful village and with lots of merit. The building is mainly 14th century and consist of west tower with tall broach spire, nave and chancel and a nineteenth century north aisle. The spire is off- perpendicular leading to the local rhyme `Cowden church, Crooked steeple, Lying priest, deceitful people`! The shingling does not just cover the spire, but part of the roof as well. The interior view from the chancel is the most remarkable with massive timber framing under the tower. There is some very fine 20c glass, especially that in the south wall where St Nicholas jostles with St Bridget, St Walstan, St George and St Mary Magdalene. H Warren Wilson designed it. In the west window of the north aisle is a charming window by Carl Edwards. The pulpit, of early seventeenth century date, has a very fancy sounding board and an hour-glass.



Church Data


1851 Census Details


Seating Capacity: 409

Morning Attendance: 270

Afternoon Attendance: 114

Evening Attendance: No service


Architecture Details


Original Build Date/Architect: Medieval

Restoration: 1837 Whichcord

Second Restoration: 1884


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